George Soros elected Honorary Fellow of the British Academy

On Friday, July 21 the British Academy announced sixty six of the “world’s leading minds” as new Fellows of the Academy.

George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management; Founder and Chairman, Open Society Foundations is a new Honorary Fellow. The announcement noted that Fellows of the British Academy represent the very best of humanities and they contribute to research of social sciences in the UK and globally.

The Academy’s announcement is in sharp contrast with the Hungarian government’s recent anti-Soros campaign. Thousands of billboards and posters appeared in Hungary depicting a smiling Soros, a critic of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with the caption “Don’t let Soros have the last laugh.” Some billboards have been defaced with graffiti, “stinking Jew”. The Orbán government is also attacking Soros founded Central European University in Budapest.

The bizarre Hungarian campaign puzzled many Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike. While Republican US President Donald Trump has sharp political disagreements with Soros, he never launched personal attacks against him. In fact, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka and her husband, Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner maintain friendly relations with George Soros and do business together.

The British Academy was created „for the Promotion of Historical, Philosophical and Philological Studies” and received its Royal Charter from King Edward VII in 1902.

György Lázár

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